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I tend to fall in love quickly and then it becomes an obsession.  Ask the Ladies.  I’ll get hooked on something and it permeates everything I do.  I’ve made and canned 30 pounds of apples because I had to have applesauce all year.  One quilt pops up in my reader and I have to make it.  It doesn’t matter if the project is way above my skill level, I’ll figure it out.  The Internet makes it incredibly easy for people to find new products.  New things are always one click away and I love to share my newest obsessions.  I facebook it.  Occasionally, I tweet about it.  I blab about my favorite product to my friends and family.  I constantly share what I think is best new cookbook, tv show, song, LR presets, PJ pants, or food.  We’ve all got choices, sharing our love makes it easier to try something new.

We decided we’d spend August sharing our favorites, our loves, our obsessions.  Maybe it’s a product that makes our lives easier.  Maybe it’s a person we can’t live without.  Maybe it’s a song or a food we inhale on a daily basis.  Whatever it is we’re spending a month talking about what gets us juicy.  Feel free to do the same in our comments.

Here’s a few of my current favs to kick off the month.

Books: Any woman who believes Feminism shouldn’t come in waves is a woman I can fall in love with.  I’m only one chapter into “How to Be a Woman”, but I’ve got a feeling her topics will make many O+U appearances.  Love smart funny woman?  You do because you’re here.  Go, pick it up.  Last week, I read “A Feast Nearby” in a day.  Granted I was in an airport and there were a ton of recipes, but it went by so quickly because it was so interesting.  I love a good book about food.  This was all about local foods without being preachy.  And remember it has a ton of yummy sounding recipes.  Plus it made me want to move to Michigan.  Please don’t tell the Buckeye fans.

Homemade Marshmallows: I’ve never been a marshmallow fan.  I make Smores while camping because you’re supposed to; sort of like sleeping in a tent.  It isn’t camping if you aren’t in a tent or inhaling melted chocolate and marshmallows.  Sorry, it isn’t.  But I’ve always wanted to try making homemade marshmallows.  I figured the boys would eat them, but I didn’t count on falling in love.  Homemade tastes totally different in my opinion.  I can’t wait for Christmas to package these up and deliver them to friends.  Because let’s be honest, hot cocoa in the Summer is flat-out weird.

Peanut sauce without Coconut Milk: I’m always searching for a good peanut sauce.  Usually the sauces have coconut milk and not enough to use the entire can.  Months later, I find a glass jar full of the leftover coconut milk.  At that point, I vow to give up my peanut sauce search.  But I never do.  Earlier in the Summer I found this recipe and it’s my current go-to.  Whip up a batch of quinoa or noodles, slice your favorite veggies, and drizzle the sauce.  Yes, that’s my second helping of the sauce and quinoa.  It’s that good.

1 C. creamy peanut butter

3/4 C. Rice vinegar

2 T. Sesame Oil

2 T. Sherry

1 C. Scallions

1/4 C Cilantro (I love cilantro, but my fridge isn’t always stocked with this herb.  I’ve skipped it and it still taste delicious.)

2 T. Soy Sauce

1 T. Sriracha

Mix well.

Two new kitchen scents: For years, I’ve been using a diluted mixture of water and Dr. Bronner’s as my counter and dish soap.  For some reason, I picked up Mrs. Myers Basil Countertop spray.  It leaves streaks on our gray counters, but I love the scent so I don’t care.  It’s subtle and kitchen-y just like my new hand soap scent: Bath and Body Work’s Kitchen Mandarin.  Usually I’m a Lemon girl.  Why not try something new?  Little things, people.  Little things.

Dr Joy Browne on my iPod:  I found her while I was driving around Michigan.  Her program airs on local AM stations.  For years, I suffered through static-y AM stations just to hear her advice.  I love reality tv because it’s like lurking on someone’s life.  Her program is similar, but classier.  Callers call and unload their problems.  Some problems are tiny: allowances for children.  Other problems are huge: wives finding out about their husband’s second family.  She gives practical advice and never judges the caller.  A couple years ago, I realized that you could download the program’s podcast.  She’s with me while I’m on the road and sometimes while I’m sewing in the basement.  Take a listen and tell me it isn’t fascinating.  One day, you might recognize my voice…

Twilight Drama: I’ve never read any of the books.  I’ve only seen the first movie as a goof with my nieces.  I’ve always found Kristin Stewart to be icky.  I’m purely judging her as icky on looks and attitude given off during interviews.  I don’t know her or enjoy any of her movies.  Yes, I can act like a Mean Girl.  I don’t get the whole Rob Pattinson craze, but he does have an English accent, so I’ll put up with him.  But currently, I love these two and their drama!  It’s probably because they’ve refused to acknowledge their relationship and now she’s publicly apologizing to him.  Maybe it’s because I like lurking on someone’s drama.  Whatever.  I can’t stop watching the train wreck.

Share your favorites.  Get me hooked on something new.  Give me something to rave about and blab to my friends and family.  I’ll give you credit.

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  1. August 1, 2012

    I love putting whatever is left on my finger of eye cream when my eyes are done onto my lips. Wait. That was a really long and awkward sentence. I use eye cream, and whatever is left when my eyes are finished gets dabbed onto my lips. It eliminates any lip wrinkles and makes your lips look fuller. I KNOW. It’s a stupid little tip, but it’s seriously one of my favorite things lately.

    My current kitchen obsession is radishes. RADISHES EVERYWHERE! On every sandwich. In every salad. Stir fries. I’m searching for other things to add them to. LOVE!

  2. August 1, 2012

    My current obsession isn’t so different from one of yours. Your peanut dressing looks pretty similar to the one I’ve made for years (I don’t use a recipe — just wing it with what I have), but I’ve been looking for exactly the right tahini dressing, one similar to Annie’s Goddess Dressing and similar to a memory I have of the tahini dressing I always got at a hippie co-op I used to eat at back in college, and I found it:

    1/2 cup tahini (sesame paste)
    1/2 cup olive oil
    1/2 cup water
    1/4 cup tamari (dark soy sauce)
    1/4 cup cider vinegar
    2 teaspoons minced or grated fresh ginger root
    2 cloves garlic, chopped or pressed
    a few shakes of hot sauce (sriracha is nice)
    fresh herbs, if you’ve got them — I’ve tried with cilantro, parsley, dill, mint, sometimes together, and sometimes separately and sometimes not at all

    My favorite way to eat it is to fill a bowl with a cooked grain, put some protein on top (tofu or edamame, or kidney beans or chicken) and some plain raw or steamed vegetables, and then pour the dressing over it.

    I’m hungry now and off to make it.

  3. August 1, 2012

    I put that how to be a woman book on hold at the library a week ago! Can’t wait for my turn now!!
    Great list. I might just have to do something similar on my new little blog, nice way to get to know someone a bit better.

  4. August 1, 2012

    Currently loving the snarksquad.com ‘s snarky commentary on 50 Shades of Grey. I won’t ever read the books but their chapter by chapter recounts are the funniest things I’ve read in a long time.

    also just started a book The Shadow of The Wind. 100 pages in and It’s my favorite book ever.

  5. August 4, 2012

    wait, what? you can MAKE marshmallows? amazing.

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